The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.

Merrill, Amy

Written by David Green.

Amy Lynn Merrill, 34, of Blissfield, Mich., died July 13, 2012, at her home. 

She was born March 19, 1979, in Toledo, Ohio, to Terry Roop and Robin Angus.  Amy was employed by Maxitrol Corporation in Blissfield. She was a member of Blissfield Baptist Church and was known as a loving mother who devoted her life to her children and her extended family. She enjoyed making people smile and was a great listener. 

Amy is survived by her father and step-mother, Terry (and Stephanie) Roop of Henderson, Col.; her mother and step-father, Robin (and David) McCowan of Morenci, Mich.; three sons, Brendan and Cameron Merrill and Blake Roop, all of Blissfield; three sisters, Jessica (and Nate) Bugbee of Adrian, Mich., Stephanie Burrow of Jasper, Mich., and Taylor Roop of Henderson, Col.; two step-brothers, Michael Lynn Attaway of Denton, Texas, and Brian (and Mandy) McCowan of Lyons, Ohio; two step-sisters, Sabrina Sawyer of Delta, Ohio, and Davina Shields of Morenci; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Lisa Gritzmaker; niece, Abbigail Michelle Gritzmaker; grandmothers, Florence (and Herb) Linke and Norma Wueller; grandfathers, Joe Angus and Robert Roop; and great-grandmother, Goldie Wueller.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Blissfield Baptist Church, with Pastor Tom Frantz officiating.  Private graveside services will follow at a later date. Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m Friday at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the Blissfield Baptist Church. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the “Merrill-Roop Benefit Fund” through the Blissfield State Bank, 204 E. Jefferson St., P.O. Box 40, Blissfield, MI  49228, or sent to the Blissfield Baptist Church in her memory.

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